Just get over the sticker shock
The first thing you need to do is get over the sticker shock - my experience has been that whenever gear has the word "tech" or "technical" in the title, it will be expensive - and also worth it. I travel a lot - between 50,000 and 100,000 air miles a year and only use carry on luggage. The Superfine 140 Tech T works equally well in warm or cold weather, takes up minimal room in my carry-on bag, and easily launders in my hotel sink and is line dry by the next morning - and it does not smell in between washings. My advice is get two, carefully alternate them, and if you are a minimalist like me you will not need any other undershirt-type apparel.